Friday, January 16, 2015

RI Handbag and NL Flower Headband

I am sooo in love with my new handbag from River Island!!! I can't wait to transfer all my stuff into it ready for my travels to South Africa next week. The bag retails at £45.99, but I had a £10 voucher so I got mine a little cheaper. I also bought this cute diamant√©, flower headband for £5 in the sale from New Look (it was previously £11.99). Here are some more pictures of my purchases - enjoy!

Love and Kisses,

Vicki xoxo

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Urban Decay Shadow Box

I received the Urban Decay 'Shadow Box' as one of my Christmas presents from Andy's family. I love all things Urban Decay, but at first I was a little apprehensive of some of the brighter, more colourful shades as I don't usually wear such bold eye-shadows. After a couple of weeks of playing with this palette, however, I absolutely adore all of the colours and am surprised at how well they all work together and individually.
Here are my thoughts on the palette in case anyone is considering purchasing it! 

At first I was a little bit scared of the brighter colours, but after using them all they compliment each other surprisingly well. This Urban Decay palette is more of what I would call a "going out" palette compared to the Naked collections. I have used it day-to-day though so it can be used whatever the occasion.

The eye-shadows are very pigmented - just as you'd expect from Urban decay. The shades are all metallic and can be lightly swept on, or built-up to make a bolder look.
There is a little mirror in the compact which is always useful, but the biggest downfall for me it that there is no brush. The Naked palettes all come with double-ended applicators, but with this one you'll have to find your own. 

Value for Money: 
This was a Christmas gift so I didn't pay for it. I've looked online though and the palette retails for £27.99. I would definitely pay this myself for any Urban Decay products as I know they are good quality and last a good amount of time.

Edgy and fashionable looking, but it doesn't feel as sturdy as the Naked Palettes which usually are encased in a tin compact. The Shadow Box feels a little cardboardy, but this doesn't put me off the product.

Would I recommend it to a friend: 
Yes! The subtler shades can be used for an everyday face, whilst the brighter colours can make an evening face 'pop'. I would recommend my friend buy this palette, but also recommend they buy some brushes too.

TOP: (R-L) Baked Cowboy, Moonshadow, Freelove, Lost, Mushroom, Flash.
BOTTOM: (R-L) Blackout, Smog, Tornado, Bordello, Indo, Sin,

I hope this review has been helpful! What do you think of the Urban Decay Shadow Box?

Love & Kisses,

Vicki xoxo

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year's Eve! 

We were terrible at organising NYE plans this year and did not know what we were doing until the evening before! We went to a friend's house with quite a few familiar faces and enjoyed a casual but fun countdown. 

What did you do this NYE? I'm loving seeing all the blogger's pictures on Instagram - it looks like everyone had such different, but such fabulous nights!

I hope I can get my act together a bit more this year with my blogging ... but we'll see! 

Love & New Year's Kisses,

Vicki xoxo